Hambantota Solar Power Station
|Hambantota Solar Power Station|
|Official name||Buruthakanda Solar Park|
|Commission date||August 2012|
|Construction cost||Rs. 1.8294 billion|
|Site area||40,000 m2 (430,000 sq ft)|
|Nameplate capacity||1,237 kW|
|Annual output||1.7 GWh|
The Hambantota Solar Power Station (also known as the Buruthakanda Solar Park) is the first commercial-scale solar power station in Sri Lanka. The photovoltaic solar facility was constructed in Buruthakanda, in the Hambantota District. The plant is owned and operated by the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, a state-run organization responsible for renewable resources.
The facility was built in two stages, with the first stage of 737 kilowatt (kW), and the second stage of 500 kW in installed capacities. The construction cost of the first 737 kW phase is expected to top up to Rs. 1,202.4 million, of which the funds will be provided by the Japanese Government. While the second stage would top a cost of Rs. 627 million, of which Rs. 513 million would be provided by the Korean Government, and Rs. 114 million would be borne by the local government.
Upon completion in late 2012, the entire 1,237 kW facility was expected to produce up to 1.7 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of energy annually, 1 GWh from the first stage, and 0.7 GWh from the second stage. The generated power would be sold to the state-run power company Ceylon Electricity Board, while the revenue would be used to promote rural electrification projects.
- "Solar try". Lanka Business Online. January 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
- "Solar power to be added to national grid by April". February 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
- Waidyasekera, Raja (April 2011). "Solar power project for Tissamaharama". Daily News. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
- "Solar power park to be set up in Hambantota with Japanese and Korean aid". February 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.